Whether you're frustrated by bad vision, painful cold sores or a fussy baby, The Doctors takes 10 of your most annoying health problems and gives you double the solutions!
No.10 Bad Vision
Many people struggle to read the fine print or squint to read a road sign. Aside from ordinary fixes like prescription glasses and contact lenses, The Doctors reveal two additional solutions to this widely experienced problem.
Brian is farsighted and finds it increasingly difficult to read up close. He undergoes Multi-Focal Lasik surgery, a new procedure that corrects the vision in each eye for reading and distance. After just two days, Brian is fully recovered and reads the small print of a medical book in front of The Doctors audience.
"I feel great," Brian says after the procedure. "I've had no problems like halos or other problems at night. It's an amazing difference in my life. It truly is."
Aside from age, diet also has an enormous impact on eye health. An easy in-home tip to keep your eyes healthy is to cook with red onions rather than yellow onions, since the red variety contain the antioxidant quercetin, which is known to prevent cataracts.
No. 8 Constipation
Constipation is a common gastrointestinal problem that causes people to have infrequent bowel movements, pass hard stools or strain during bowel movements. Most cases of constipation are temporary and can be alleviated by simple lifestyle changes, like adding more fiber to your diet. If the condition persists, it can be treated with over-the-counter laxatives. However, doctors caution that frequent use of laxatives can make the colon dependent upon them for bowel evacuation.
When faced with severe symptoms of constipation, an enema may be necessary to break up the blockage and add moisture and fluids. Though enemas will help get things moving, they should not be relied upon and overusing them can dangerously affect your bowels.
For a tastier, everyday solution, incorporate more fiber and fluids into your diet with the Smooth Move Smoothie! Pineapples, apples, apple juice, almond milk and banana provide flavor and nutrients, while lecithin, flax seeds and bran power it with fiber.
1 to 2 cups of fresh pineapples
1/2 cup apple slices
1/4 cup fresh apple juice
1/2 cup almond milk (more or less as needed)
1 tablespoon lecithin
2 tablespoons flax seeds
2 teaspoons bran (wheat, oat or rice)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork also recommends high-fiber beans as a smooth move food.
• How constipation affects the body.
No. 7 Holiday Weight Gain
People gain between 1 and 5 pounds during the holidays and many never lose the weight. The Doctors' Health Investigator, Liz Vaccariello, shares her book, The 400 Calorie Fix, which offers an easy-to-follow weight-loss plan that won't leave you feeling hungry.
Liz says the first solution is to eat 400 calorie meals. You can eat whatever you want, wherever you want, as long as it is 400 calories and under.
Sixteen men and women used this plan, and Liz found that they each lost about 2 pounds per week and continued losing weight even after finishing the plan.
For an accelerated weight loss solution, the book includes a Two Week Quick Slim, which can melt off up to 11 pounds in just two weeks.
No. 6 Snoring
Snoring affects the lives of 90 million American adults and their partners. Caused by a blocked airway, snoring occurs when the uvula and soft palate vibrate against the back of the throat and cause a loud, repetitive snorting sound. While annoying, snoring may be serious and actually linked to sleep apnea.
Oral surgeon Dr. Robert Relle demonstrates maxillomandibular advancement, a procedure that permanently moves the upper and lower jaws to open the airway and prevent severe snoring and sleep apnea.
For a non-surgical solution, you may try Pure Sleep, an appliance that also opens the airway when it is placed in the mouth while sleeping.
If you are suffering from severe snoring or sleep apnea, talk to your doctor.
• Top tips for a good night's sleep!
No. 5 Fussy Babies
Many parents struggle to keep their baby asleep through the night. Learn simple ways to keep your child quiet and happy, so you can feel rested.
Certain noises around the house, such as the hum of a blow dryer or the swish of a washing machine, can ease a fussy baby since they mimic sounds heard in the womb. A quiet house is the last thing to keep babies asleep, since even the smallest sound can wake them.
For a more innovative solution, The Zaky is a human hand-shaped pillow designed to absorb a parent's scent, and weighted just enough to feel like a parents' touch. Moms and dads can place the pillow around the baby so it conforms to the body and helps him or her feel comfortable and protected.
Dr. Travis says to make sure The Zaky is properly placed, so as not to cover the baby's face and prevent the risk of suffocation or strangulation.
No. 4 Pet AccidentsKathy is concerned with how to properly housebreak her new puppy. Veterinarian Dr. Bernadine Cruz and her four-legged volunteer, Sam, demonstrate two solutions for preventing pet accidents.
Confinement: Crating is a humane and effective way to housetrain. Dogs are cave-dwelling animals and feel comfortable in this secure environment, which actually helps separation anxiety.
Consistency: Like with children, consistency is key with training. As long as you're consistent, the dog will learn your body language and respond accordingly.
Clean Up: Don't rub their nose in it! Pick up the mess with baking soda, then vacuum to remove the odor completely so the puppy won't do it again.
Another simple solution is to put artificial turf down for the puppy to go potty on. It is an absorbent material that looks like grass, so your puppy knows where to "go."
No. 2 and No. 3 Frustrating Women Problems
"When we look good, we feel good," OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.
No. 1 Dry Skin
Skin is the body's largest organ and the protective barrier against the environment. It shields us from infection and heals wounds, but is constantly exposed to pollution, dust, chemicals and sunlight, which can cause harm. Beauty expert and host of Total Look, Rebekah George, joins The Doctors to reveal solutions for healthier skin.
"Eighty-two percent of women are extremely bothered by dry skin, and 50 percent say that the right products are still an unmet need," she says.
Solutions for Maintaining Your Skin :
Regular Exercise: Staying active increases circulation, delivers nutrients to skin cells, rids your body of damaging toxins, boosts collagen production and increases sweating to unclog pores.
Proper Nutrition: Eating right helps keep skin cells healthy so they can retain more moisture. Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids help to hydrate from within, while fruits rich in antioxidants, like red bell peppers, blueberries and pecans, protect the skin from harmful free radicals.
Exfoliate: Shaving and washing with a loofah will remove the top layer of dead surface skin to make room for regenerating cells.
Moisturize: Moisturize from head to toe everyday after a hot shower to maintain and protect your skin.